A former Assistant Court Officer at the Judicial Department appeared in the Suva Magistrates Court today charged with a corruption related offence.
The Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) charged Mr. Keven Kalpesh Chand with one (1) count of “Soliciting and Accepting an Advantage” for allegedly receiving $1600FJD from a Mr. Amit Amitesh Chaudhary.
Defence counsel Mr. A.K. Singh applied for an Order of Name Suppression as his client had a pregnant and depressed wife, as well as sickly grandparents who did not know that he was being charged.
FICAC State Counsel Mr. Joseph Work objected to this application using relevant case authority and also informed the court that there was no objection to bail being granted provided that the normal conditions be imposed including 2 Suitable sureties, Stop Departure Order, surrendering of all travel documents and reporting to the nearest Police Station once a week.
To this, Mr. Singh responded that weekly reporting was not necessary as his client understood what would happen if he missed court and was not planning to run away.
Chief Magistrate Mr. Usaia Ratuvili granted bail with a bail bond of $500 with the above mentioned conditions and also directed the Accused to report to the Nausori Police Station every Saturday.
Furthermore, the application for name suppression was refused with the Chief Magistrate stating that no compelling reason was given and that it was up to the Accused to inform his family.
First phase disclosures was served.
The matter was adjourned to 9 October 2018 for Plea.